Former Indian captain and the current head of the National Cricket Academy Rahul Dravid has heaped high praise on the youngsters that helped the Men in the Blue script one of the greatest triumphs in their stories history.
Battered, brushed, mentally scarred, and bereft of a majority of its first-choice players like Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja, India pulled off a comeback for the ages post the shambles of 36 all-out in the first Test, eventually winning the Test series by 2-1.
The most heartening thing for Indian cricket was the fact that the likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and Washington Sundar stepped up to the occasion when it mattered the most, and apart from their precocious talent, they displayed incredible temperament despite having no experience at the elite level.
All of the aforementioned names are the produce of robust India A system which was headed by Rahul Dravid till recently. And, following their success in Australia, fans, as well as former cricketers, have been hailing the Indian legend for preparing the world-beating next generation of cricketers for the country.
Dravid, however, has shrugged off all the praise that has come his way, stating that he is getting unnecessary credit and that it is the cricketers who deserve all the praise.
“Ha, ha unnecessary credit, the boys deserve all the praise,” Rahul Dravid said in an interview with the Indian Express.
Meanwhile, former Team India selector Jatin Paranjpe has also hailed Rahul Dravid for his stellar role in preparing young cricketers via the India A and First-Class system.
“Before such tours, the support staff of the Indian team, A team, U-19 team, selectors, and Dravid discuss which bucket of players we want to concentrate on. The performances in the Ranji Trophy matter in the selection of the A-team. Mayank Agarwal and Vihari were picked from there. The A teams have a great guy like Dravid working with them, from where they go to someone as good as Shastri in the national team. It’s a seamless transition.” Paranjpe said.